The Disneyland Resort is divided into 3 sections: The Downtown Disney area is a free area for restaurants and shopping, the Disneyland theme park, and the Disney’s California Theme Park, or DCA for short.
I was at DCA on April 2nd for the Disney California Food and Wine event. There’s a lot of walking, waiting in the sun, and standing outside, so around 6:00, we were getting pretty tired and wanted to just relax somewhere, preferably a place with air conditioning, and with alcohol. Carthay Circle has a lounge, serves alcohol, and has A/C… perfect!
Carthay Circle is located in the middle of the DCA, and the upstairs is a sit down restaurant, while the downstairs has the bar and lounge, with a limited food menu. When we walked up to the front door, we were greeted by the cast member asking what we wanted. We told her we just wanted to sit in the lounge, and she pointed to the queue to her right. Apparently, there’s a line to get in, which took about 15-20 minutes.
We were seated at a small coffee table for 3, with generous size cushy chairs. They only offered 1 menu for the table to share, so it took a while to figure out what we wanted. The staff did not rush us, and we took our time to peruse the menu, and enjoy the cool air.
Shellie decided on a craft beer, Stephen decided on a Bourbon Crusta: Bulleit Bourbon, Cointreau, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, and fresh Lemon Juice with a Lemon Peel and Sugar Rim. while I had a refreshing Pear Cider.
We sat for about an hour, and no one rushed us. Prices are a bit high, but its theme park prices so no surprise. It is nice place to relax, and take a load off after hours of Theme Parking.